Great Synagogue of Lutsk to be returned to Jewish ownership

The municipality of Lutsk in Ukraine pledged to return what remains of a 17th-century synagogue to Jewish ownership. 

The building that contains parts of the former Great Synagogue of Lutsk will be gifted to the Jewish Community of Lutsk.

The former synagogue, partially destroyed by the Nazis and turned into a sports school by the Soviet Union is in poor condition, requiring millions of dollars to be renovated.

Robust and reminiscent of a medieval castle, the synagogue is one of a few Jewish houses of worship built to also serve as a fortress.

Lutsk, situated about 200 miles west of Kyiv, once was a major hub of Jewish life in the region.

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